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Caliban Moritz Eggert

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chamber opera after Shakespeare

Duration 1:30

By Moritz Eggert

Caliban is a chamber opera by the adventurous composer Moritz Eggert, based on the character of the same name from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. A fairytale about power that raises questions about the monsters of our time.

  • Take a look behind the scenes at Caliban

    The story

    In a society ruled by success, beauty, talent and fame, there is little scope for the underdog; for someone who has never made it and probably never will. Caliban is the ultimate anti-hero. After being abandoned in the forest as a child, he leads a life of slavery. He has a huge inferiority complex, is not very smart and fails in his attempt to free himself.

    The sensitive monster Caliban has many different sides to him. He is both victim and perpetrator. He craves power, yet is a lonely child in search of love. He fights against the oppression of slavery, is tortured and then freed. He finds his God, plots his revenge and is captured and humiliated once again. In short, he is the very essence of opera material.

    Lotte de Beer


    In 2009 (just after graduating from the Amsterdam University of the Arts), Dutch director Lotte de Beer won the Ton Lutz Award for most talented director. In 2015, she won the International Opera Award in the ‘Newcomer’ category.

    Steven Sloane


    Since 1994, the American Steven Sloane (musical director) has been musical director in the city of Bochum, with the Bochumer Symphoniker and with the recently opened concert hall Musikforum Ruhr.

    Team & Cast

    Musical director 
    Steven Sloane
    Moritz Eggert
    Peter te Nuyl
    (based on Shakespeare's The Tempest)
    Director and concept 
    Lotte de Beer
    Production design 
    Michael Wilmering
    Alexandra Flood
    Timothy Fallon
    Alexander Oliver


    Moritz Eggert played keyboard in various rock and jazz bands before starting his studies as a classical pianist and composer. Since then, he has composed in every style imaginable. He has written over 230 works, including operas, orchestral pieces and ballet, chamber, church, film and electronic music. He reached an audience of millions with his music for the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2006. His operas Freax and The Snail aroused controversy and earned him the name ‘porn composer’ in the German press.

    Director Lotte de Beer is artistic director of the producer, Operafront. Operafront aims to present contemporary opera productions and thus reach a new audience. 

    Four singers and eleven members of Asko|Schönberg will perform the various roles in Caliban.

    This production is part of the Opera Forward Festival and is made possible in part by:

    Founding Partners Opera Forward Festival

    Fonds21 van den Ende Foundation


    Partners Opera Forward Festival

    VSB BankGiroLoterij Fonds Dioraphte Bylandtstichting